DayZ And Arma 2 To Support Steam Matchmaking
GameSpy’s closure was hugely disappointing to a great many gamers, not because they still flocked to the service in droves (heck no) but because of the multiplayer games it supported. A enormous number of multiplayer-focused titles, like Arma 2 or DayZ, faced the prospect of being unplayable unless they could migrate to matchmaking services like those on Steam. Thankfully, Bohemia Interactive have announced that its titles from the last sentence would do just that, even to the point of allowing retail CD keys to be activated on Valve’s digital platform.
“As you may have heard, GameSpy is discontinuing its services and it was therefore of paramount importance to offer an alternative for the passionate Operation Arrowhead players who have supported our game and our company for so many years,” Bohemia announced regarding an update to Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead.
“Due to the fact that Steam based matchmaking requires Steam to work, this update is only available through Steam. If you have purchased a retail copy of the game, please do not despair. As announced previously all Arma 2 (including DLCs and Operation Arrowhead expansion) keys may now be activated on Steam.”
Arma 2′s transfer to Steam also means that the original DayZ mod will be able to make the transition as well. Bohemia does recognize that not all players necessarily want to play its games on Steam, so it’s providing a list where server owners can link IP addresses to without GameSpy’s assistance.
Unfortunately, older Bohemia/GameSpy titles like Arma 1, Arma: Cold War Assault, and Take On Helicopters will not be transferred to Steam’s matchmaking service.